Lil Pump posing in front of a flashy sports car
By: Jake Orban
Hip-Hop once was a platform to express inner thoughts and problems that occur within a musician’s life. Many tracks are riddled with messages of emotional and mental struggles, feeling victimized by racial profiling and even the attempt of overcoming drug abuse. This form of Hip-Hop was formed in the mid 80s, but has seemingly vanished by the mid 2000s.
The reason this once highly coveted music genre almost completely died off is because of the newest wave of “cloud rap.” The two genres are night and day, as the new wave of hip-hop glorifies violence, self harm, and not overcoming but yet succumbing to drug abuse.
As far as lyrical complexity goes, well… there is none. The music world still has the J-Cole’s and Kendrick Lamar’s who are pushing the revival of lyrically complex and meaningful message poetic like rap, but on the other end of the spectrum, the world has it’s Lil Pump’s and Playboi Carti's. Where they push the use of drugs and then push the use of drugs and then finally push the use of drugs. Its over saturated!
Gucci Gang was a platinum hit for Lil Pump, but, he said “Gucci Gang” fifty three times. It's like listening to a broken record player that keeps repeating the same part of a song. Not to mention the lyrics are just him gratifying his consumption of prescription drugs.
Music is a huge influence on the American youth, as many teenagers have found an interest in hip-hop. As you’d suspect, just like the musicians they listen to, teenagers have replicated their favorite musicians drug abuse tendencies. The question we must ask not only our youth but the musicians that influence them is when will this stop? When will musicians stop glorifying the use of drugs and trying to exhibit the use of drugs to be “cool” or “lit”?